[yoo r-uh-pee-uh n, yur-]
  1. a native or inhabitant of Europe.
  2. a person of European descent.
  3. (in East Africa and Asia) a white person; Caucasian.

Origin of European

1595–1605; < Latin Eurōpae(us) (see Europe, -eous) + -an
Related formsEu·ro·pe·an·ly, adverban·ti-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective, nounin·ter-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjectivenon-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective, nounpro-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective, nounpseu·do-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective, nounun-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for european


  1. of or relating to Europe or its inhabitants
  2. native to or derived from Europe
  1. a native or inhabitant of Europe
  2. a person of European descent
  3. a supporter of the European Union or of political union of the countries of Europe or a part of it
Derived FormsEuropeanism, noun
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Word Origin and History for european


c.1600, from French Européen, from Latin Europaeus, from Greek Europaios "European," from Europe (see Europe).

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